Articles written by Hilary Pollack

Wendy’s Ups Welfare Standards
Fast-food giant Wendy's Co. announced Friday that it will be implementing new criteria for the care and slaughtering processes of the chickens and pigs sourced for its meat products.
Ohio Voters Shun Battery Cages
A recent poll of Ohio voters has found that the vast majority of the state's citizens support a new federal bill that would enrich conditions for factory-farm hens and...
Lightlife's Gardening Project
Faux-meat brand Lightlife announced on March 7 that it is launching Plant Our Future, a new initiative in conjunction with nonprofit Urban Farming that aims to...
GMO Food Labels Backed in CT
Concerns about the potential negative health effects of genetically modified foods have only grown in recent years, and Connecticut may be the first state taking legislative...
Gervais’ Anti-Cruelty Campaign
Last week, British comedian Ricky Gervais announced that he will be representing and assisting the new activist organization Cruelty Free International in its goal of eliminating...
HSUS Files Seaboard Complaint
Roughly two months after revealing inhumane treatment of pigs at a facility of Seaboard Foods, the Humane Society of the United States has filed a formal complaint against...
7 Can’t-Miss Films of 2012
Many of this year's most talked-about films focus on issues of animal welfare, personal health, and environmental awareness.
First Starbucks Juice Bar Opens
Roughly four months after announcing that it had acquired juice company Evolution Fresh, Starbucks has opened the first location of its new juice-bar chain in Bellevue, WA.
Fur Labeling Act Enacted
This Sunday marks the enactment of the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2010, which mandates that clothing retailers identify fur and fur-trimmed garments truthfully or face serious...
Ancient Vegan Mammals Found
Researchers have debunked the prevalent theory that mammals were not pervasive during the time of the dinosaurs after uncovering a previously unrecognized group of...
Kristen Bell Talks Veganism
Known for her animal advocacy in addition to her film and television work in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Veronica Mars respectively, actress Kristen Bell has...
Study: Veggies Beautify Skin
Recent research has discovered that eating fruits and veggies not only makes you feel good—it can make you more attractive, too. A new study conducted at the University...
German Meat Substitute Product
While plant-based beef, chicken, and turkey substitutes abound in grocery stores worldwide, some argue that companies have not totally succeeded at replicating the...
Freston: Meat Is the New Tobacco
Best-selling vegan author and lifestyle guru Kathy Freston argues in a new essay on The Huffington Post that the culture and industry surrounding meat are similar to...
New Austin Vegan Bakery
Texan disciples of a plant-based diet who crave gourmet desserts are in luck—Austin is now home to Capital City Bakery, a specialty vegan bakery. Currently, founder Kristen...
Twitter Chat for New Vegan App
Vegan marketing agency Vegan Mainstream hopes to launch a new mobile phone app that will enable users to submit and keep track of vegan happenings...
Study: Going Veg Boosts Mood
New research published in the health periodical Nutrition Journal suggests that vegetarians may enjoy sunnier moods than their omnivorous counterparts. The study examined...
Wolfgang Puck vs. Foie Gras
Last month, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck penned a letter to fellow restaurateurs and food-industry associates urging them to consider and support California's recent ban...
Pink Slime For School Lunches
Consumers gained a heightened awareness of the term "pink slime" earlier this year when several major fast-food companies—including McDonald's, Taco Bell, and...
All-Vegan Cupcake Wars Episode
At 8pm Eastern and Pacific times on March 4, Food Network's popular competitive baking series Cupcake Wars will air its first-ever all-vegan episode, putting four bakers...
Dairy Farm Charged for Pollution
In December, a federal district court judge ruled that Nelson Faria Dairy—a factory farm, or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, in Royal City, WA—be held accountable for...
Vegan Doughnuts NYC’s Best
The NY Daily News has crowned the best doughnuts in New York City, and Brooklyn’s all-vegan Dun-Well Doughnuts tops the list. Dun-Well opened just last...
Nondairy Milk Sales Rise
Consumer-marketing organization Packaged Facts has released a new study revealing that nondairy milk sales are rising rapidly in the US, while dairy milk consumption...
Euro Pig Farm Cruelty Exposed
This month, European animal-protection group Animal Equality released two disturbing videos exposing extreme abuse at pig farms in England and Spain. The first investigation...
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
The second-annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival returns to the Big Apple March 3rd and 4th, offering two days of entertainment and meat-free food vendors. The event’s...
Vegan Barbecue Kickstarter
Portland-based food cart Homegrown Smoker is looking to open a second cart with the help of donations collected from Kickstarter. The cart, which specializes in gourmet...
Antibiotic Use Causes Superbugs
New research has confirmed what many have long argued—prevalent antibiotic use in livestock is leading to an increase in drug-resistant infections. A study published...
Forks Over Knives Documentary Makers Talk Sex
The masterminds behind Forks Over Knives discuss how adopting a vegan diet can amp things up between the sheets.
Major Co. Makes Welfare Step
On Tuesday, Bon Appétit Management Co.—which caters at more than 400 corporate and university locations in 31 states—announced that it would be tightening restrictions...
Student Designs Chicken “Matrix”
Lobotomized chickens plugged into a factory-farm system straight out of The Matrix could become a reality if André Ford, an architecture student at the Royal College of Art...
PDX Vegan Food Cart Kickstarter
With the help of donations collected through Kickstarter, Rocks and Cicada Vohzayda seek to make their vegan food cart concept, Tandem Treats!, a reality. The Vohzaydas are...
Vegan Chef in Eater Contest
Food website Eater's fourth-annual Hot Chefs Competition is in its concluding round for New York City, and Sarma Melngailis of vegan fine-dining restaurant Pure Food...
LA Almond Milk Delivery Service
Los Angeles is now home to an old-school service with a modern twist—the archaic milk deliveryman now comes in the form of Mylkman, offering fresh, artisan almond milk that arrives...
COK Exposes Pig Abuse
Today, animal-welfare group Compassion Over Killing announced the disturbing results of an undercover investigation of Hawkeye Sow Centers, an Iowa factory farm. During a...
Chipotle Debuts Anti-Big Ag Ads
Viewers of Sunday night's Grammy Awards witnessed the debut of a new campaign from Chipotle that targets the evils of factory farming. The almost two-and-a-half...
ABC Show's Vegan Set-Up
Veganism will be a central focus of tonight's episode of ABC's candid-camera show What Would You Do?, which puts unsuspecting participants in awkward...
Vegan Ice Cream Truck Campaign
With the help of donations from vegan ice-cream lovers, Portland could be home to a new scoop-serving truck in the near future. Artisanal vegan ice-cream vendor Savor the Chill...
Caviar Fish Declared Endangered
Overfishing, pollution, and habitat destruction have severely depleted East Coast populations of once-plentiful Atlantic sturgeon, leading officials from the National...
Greece Bans Animal Circuses
Four days ago, Greece became the first European nation to ban the use of animals in its circuses, responding to pressure from animal-welfare groups Animal...
Vegan Valentine's Day Pop-Up
New Yorkers in search of sweets and treats for their valentine need look no further than Vegan Shop-Up's Valentine's Day event on February 12 at vegan bar Pine Box Rock Shop....
11 Must-Follow Pinterest Accounts
Let Pinterest be your portal to beautiful images and ideas, where veg-friendly recipes, products, and inspiration abound.
Nyee Moses to Host Veg Show
Multimedia food website Stitches 'N Dishes announced Tuesday that it is developing a new vegetarian/vegan-themed web show with Billboard recording artist Nyee Moses.
Hormel to Stop Crate Usage
Fortune 500 meat producer Hormel Foods announced this week that it will be phasing out the use of gestation crates at all of its facilities by 2017. Hormel is best known...
Fundraiser for Vegan TV Show
Video production company Delicious TV is hoping to make its vegan cooking show project a reality with the help of contributions from fans and interested parties. The show, titled...
First Lady Visits Ellen Show
First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Thursday in support of "Let's Move!," her campaign to fight childhood obesity in the US.
Barker and PCRM Fight Testing
Former host of The Price Is Right Bob Barker has joined the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the fight to end the use of cats for medical experiments at the...
HSUS Reveals Pig Abuse
Today, The Humane Society of the United States filed complaints against two of the largest pork suppliers in the US following an undercover investigation that revealed...
Chains Stop Use of Chemical Beef
Several of the largest fast-food chains in the US—ncluding McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King—have announced that they will no longer be using ammoniated...
Woody Harrelson Esquire Feature
In a new article in Esquire magazine, actor Woody Harrelson opens up about the experiences that led him to adopt a plant-based diet. During the interview, which...
Bryant Terry on (Vegan) Food Politics
Bryant Terry talks about his new book, the tie between veganism and race, and food politics.

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